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A Cultural Presentation on Germany by
 Markus Schneider & Fabian Huttner
Contents
1. Germany – the basics

2. Government & Politics

3. Geography
4. Nature and Landscapes

5. Cities & and their places of interest
6. Neuschwanstein - a very famous castle


7. The work place in Germany

8. Economy and Society

10. Clichés or Stereotypes about Germans

12.Typical German Food

13. Who says German is difficult?
Germany – the basics
Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Official Language: German
Political System: Parliarmentary Democracy
Capital: Berlin
Area: 357.021 km²
82 millon inhabitants – 230 per km²

Currency: EUR
Composed of 16 Federal States

Has borders with 9 countries:
(Polonia, Eslovaquia, Austria, Suiza, Francia, Liechtenstein,
Bélgica, Países Bajos, Dinamarca)

Climate: continental
Government & Politics
• Germany is a federal republic that has 16 federal states

• Legislation: Bundestag (lower house - voted every 4 years)
  by the folk), Bundesrat (upper house - 69 representatives of
  16 states)

• Current: Great Coalition between FDP (Philip Rössler (Vice-
  Chancellor) and CDU (Angela Merkel)

• Head of state:
                      State president Joachim Gauck
• Head of Government:
                             Chancellor Angela Merkel
Geography of Germany –
The 16 Federal States and their capitals
Nature and Landscapes



  Black Forrest         Alps




   Rhine Valley     Danube
Important Cities & and their places of
interest
• Berlin
• Hamburg
• Munich
• Cologne
• Dresden
Berlin
Hamburg
Munich
The “Oktoberfest”´in Munich




          The Biggest festival in the world with 6 million visitors
          In average the visitors drink about 5 million liters of
          beer each year.
Cologne
Dresden
Neuschwanstein

                 Neuschwanstein, one
                 of the most popular
                 of all the palaces and
                 castles in Europe.

                 Every year 1.3 million
                 people visit

                 It was „the castle of the
                 fairy-tale king“ Ludwig II
                    in Bavaria.
Economy and Society
• Europe’s largest economy and fourth largest in the world

• The national currency is the euro

•   and the main exports are:
    Automobiles, Chemicals, Electronics, Foodstuffs, Machinery and
    Equipment, metals, textiles

• 2009: second largest export (export champion until 2009) and third largest
  import nation

• Mainly contentrated on secondary (industry) and tertiary sector (services)

• In the use of solar energy internationally groundbraking

• Long mining tradition: Significant natural resources (Coal, precious salts
  and building materials)
The work place in Germany
•   In Germany the work day is fairly short with
    the hours being close to 7:00, or 8;00 in the
    morning to 3:00 in the afternoon, 4:00 is
    often considered pushing the feasible limit.
•   The common myth about German working is
    it’s tough to get fired from ones Job, but
    that’s not the truth. An employee can receive
    a Kündigung as long as there is a good
    reason for it like stealing or threatening a co-
    worker. Though it has to go through the
    companies council who must approve the
    firing if the worker.

•   German Business is less about being quick to
    decide what’s next and more about the planning
    of the current action. It is pretty standard for
    German companies to spend more of the
    decision making on a thorough look at all the
    options. This has earned Germans a reputation
    of having a fetish for business charts, and paper
    work.
Culture
Period of 1871: Land of poets and thinkers

Philosophers: Immanuel Kant, M.Luther,
F.Nietzsche, Karl Marx

Authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Friedrich Schiller and the brothers Grimm


Classical music composers: Johann Sebastian Bach,
Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

Art and music:

•    One of the most important monuments is the Brandenburg Gate.
     The main German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1970 and died in 1827, was a great
     composer of Classicism and Romanticism. His deafness mark his life and character bitter. His major works are: the
     Third Symphony (the heroic), the eighth symphony, the opera Fidelio and Masses.
Clichés or Stereotypes about Germans
Clichés:
1. They don’t like smiling a lot.
2. They are very neat, tidy and they like recycling
3. They are very hard-working and very skillful people.
4. Germans are well organized, accurate and easy-pedantic.

Stereotypes:

The Germans are reliable, punctual, hard working and efficient,
have no humor, boring, drink beer, eat sausages, well educated
& very controlled, evironmentally aware, want that everything
works, and we love our cars!
German Cuisine
German Cuisine
• Germany is partycularly known for its hearty and heavy
  meals
• Northern Germany: A lot of potatoes in diverse forms of
  preparation
• In the south: Dumplings, Obatzda, Spätzle and Pasta
• Local specifies e.g. In Bavaria: The white sausages with
  mustard and pretzels or pork roast
• Black bread
• Regionally very different beer
Who says German is difficult?
English / Spanish                  German

Hello ! / Hi!                      Hallo!
Hello, how are you?                Guten Tag! Wie geht’s dir?

I’m fine, thank you. And how are   Danke, mir geht’s gut! Und wie geht’s dir?
you?
Please..                           Bitte..!
Thank you!                         Danke!
Enjoy your meal!                   Guten Appetit!
Thank you for the invitation!      Vielen Dank für die Einladung
Goodbye ! / Bye!                   Auf Wiedersehen! / Tschüss!
Thank you for your
     attention!

Gracias a todos por su
      atención!

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Federal republic of germany basics and culture

  • 1. A Cultural Presentation on Germany by Markus Schneider & Fabian Huttner
  • 2. Contents 1. Germany – the basics 2. Government & Politics 3. Geography 4. Nature and Landscapes 5. Cities & and their places of interest 6. Neuschwanstein - a very famous castle 7. The work place in Germany 8. Economy and Society 10. Clichés or Stereotypes about Germans 12.Typical German Food 13. Who says German is difficult?
  • 3. Germany – the basics Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany Official Language: German Political System: Parliarmentary Democracy Capital: Berlin Area: 357.021 km² 82 millon inhabitants – 230 per km² Currency: EUR Composed of 16 Federal States Has borders with 9 countries: (Polonia, Eslovaquia, Austria, Suiza, Francia, Liechtenstein, Bélgica, Países Bajos, Dinamarca) Climate: continental
  • 4. Government & Politics • Germany is a federal republic that has 16 federal states • Legislation: Bundestag (lower house - voted every 4 years) by the folk), Bundesrat (upper house - 69 representatives of 16 states) • Current: Great Coalition between FDP (Philip Rössler (Vice- Chancellor) and CDU (Angela Merkel) • Head of state: State president Joachim Gauck • Head of Government: Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • 5. Geography of Germany – The 16 Federal States and their capitals
  • 6. Nature and Landscapes Black Forrest Alps Rhine Valley Danube
  • 7. Important Cities & and their places of interest • Berlin • Hamburg • Munich • Cologne • Dresden
  • 11. The “Oktoberfest”´in Munich The Biggest festival in the world with 6 million visitors In average the visitors drink about 5 million liters of beer each year.
  • 14. Neuschwanstein Neuschwanstein, one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.3 million people visit It was „the castle of the fairy-tale king“ Ludwig II in Bavaria.
  • 15. Economy and Society • Europe’s largest economy and fourth largest in the world • The national currency is the euro • and the main exports are: Automobiles, Chemicals, Electronics, Foodstuffs, Machinery and Equipment, metals, textiles • 2009: second largest export (export champion until 2009) and third largest import nation • Mainly contentrated on secondary (industry) and tertiary sector (services) • In the use of solar energy internationally groundbraking • Long mining tradition: Significant natural resources (Coal, precious salts and building materials)
  • 16. The work place in Germany • In Germany the work day is fairly short with the hours being close to 7:00, or 8;00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon, 4:00 is often considered pushing the feasible limit. • The common myth about German working is it’s tough to get fired from ones Job, but that’s not the truth. An employee can receive a Kündigung as long as there is a good reason for it like stealing or threatening a co- worker. Though it has to go through the companies council who must approve the firing if the worker. • German Business is less about being quick to decide what’s next and more about the planning of the current action. It is pretty standard for German companies to spend more of the decision making on a thorough look at all the options. This has earned Germans a reputation of having a fetish for business charts, and paper work.
  • 17. Culture Period of 1871: Land of poets and thinkers Philosophers: Immanuel Kant, M.Luther, F.Nietzsche, Karl Marx Authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller and the brothers Grimm Classical music composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert Art and music: • One of the most important monuments is the Brandenburg Gate. The main German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1970 and died in 1827, was a great composer of Classicism and Romanticism. His deafness mark his life and character bitter. His major works are: the Third Symphony (the heroic), the eighth symphony, the opera Fidelio and Masses.
  • 18. Clichés or Stereotypes about Germans Clichés: 1. They don’t like smiling a lot. 2. They are very neat, tidy and they like recycling 3. They are very hard-working and very skillful people. 4. Germans are well organized, accurate and easy-pedantic. Stereotypes: The Germans are reliable, punctual, hard working and efficient, have no humor, boring, drink beer, eat sausages, well educated & very controlled, evironmentally aware, want that everything works, and we love our cars!
  • 20. German Cuisine • Germany is partycularly known for its hearty and heavy meals • Northern Germany: A lot of potatoes in diverse forms of preparation • In the south: Dumplings, Obatzda, Spätzle and Pasta • Local specifies e.g. In Bavaria: The white sausages with mustard and pretzels or pork roast • Black bread • Regionally very different beer
  • 21. Who says German is difficult? English / Spanish German Hello ! / Hi! Hallo! Hello, how are you? Guten Tag! Wie geht’s dir? I’m fine, thank you. And how are Danke, mir geht’s gut! Und wie geht’s dir? you? Please.. Bitte..! Thank you! Danke! Enjoy your meal! Guten Appetit! Thank you for the invitation! Vielen Dank für die Einladung Goodbye ! / Bye! Auf Wiedersehen! / Tschüss!
  • 22. Thank you for your attention! Gracias a todos por su atención!